Article from The Epoch Times.
“I’m 100 percent for us having one and I think our leadership is starting to lean that way,” Pennsylvania Sen. Cris Dush told reporters at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, where the Maricopa County audit has been happening since April 23.
Dush was joined by Pennsylvania Sen. Doug Mastriano and Pennsylvania Rep. Rob Kauffman.
Dush said he was impressed by how the Arizona audit was being done, including how the firms hired by the Arizona Senate are handling chain of custody issues.
“I’ve never seen anything like it to be quite honest with you, it’s fantastic. I’d like to encourage other state legislatures to get down here and take a look at it as well, especially if you’ve had situations like we experienced in Pennsylvania that really have our citizens in an uproar,” he said.
Mastriano told a pool reporter that he supports Pennsylvania conducting an audit like the Arizona one.
“I’m not about overturning anything. I’m just trying to find out what went right, what went wrong? And how do we have better elections in the future?” he said.
That’s the same reasoning Arizona senators have put forth when explaining why they ordered the Maricopa County audit.
One poll showed about 40 percent of voters in Pennsylvania have concerns about the integrity of the election, the state senator noted, adding: “For the sake of our … constitutional republic, and for the sake of people’s peace of mind, let’s just do it. Let’s pick a few counties and put people’s minds at rest.”
A majority of the Pennsylvania legislature would need to support an audit, Mastriano added. The legislature’s Republican and Democrat leaders did not respond to requests for comment.
The Pennsylvania delegation planned to take the information they learned while in Arizona back to Republican leaders.
Auditors hired by the Arizona Senate, led by Florida-based Cyber Ninjas, are reviewing the nearly 2.1 million ballots cast in the county during the 2020 presidential election. They have also examined tabulators and other machines used during the contest.
Republicans control the Arizona Senate; Democrats have largely opposed the audit, arguing that voter information could be at risk of being compromised.
Observers sent to the coliseum by Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, said they saw a security gate left unattended and a procedure manual marked “confidential” left on a counter. They also learned that copies of voting system data were sent to a laboratory in Montana and claimed quality control practices to ensure data are entered correctly are not in place, “rendering all of the data and findings unreliable.”
The Arizona Senate’s liaison did not respond when asked about the observers’ notes.
Kauffman told The Epoch Times before the tour that he wanted to see firsthand how the audit was being run.
“The Arizona forensic audit is really one of the talks of America and there’s a lot of stuff being thrown around about how it’s being conducted, and I kind of see this as a fact finding to see what’s happening on the ground in Arizona, how it’s happening, and if it’s something that should be done in other states,” he said.
Taxpayer money was not used for the trip, the lawmakers said.
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